Victoria Hill resident running to be New Westminster’s first Green MLA

Cyrus Sy is hoping to take his fight for families and children to Victoria.

Sy, who is the BC Green Party candidate in New Westminster, ran for school board under the New Westminster Progressives banner in the 2018 civic election. Since moving to New West in 2007 with his wife and two kids, Sy has volunteered in support of issues that strengthen families and support public education.

“As the child of immigrants, I understand the hardship and difficult decisions that people go through to offer their families a better life,” he said in a news release. “My parents left the Philippines in 1976 in search of better opportunities. They instilled in me the duty to ensure each generation is better than the last. And now, as a father of two, living amidst the most turbulent times of my generation, I am driven more than ever to fulfill that duty.”

According to the BC Greens, Sy is a professional engineer and marketing leader who has worked in British Columbia’s high-technology industry for the past 20 years bringing products to market that help connect people and their communities. He has a bachelor of applied science in systems engineering from Simon Fraser University.

“I’ve decided to run for the BC Green Party MLA for New Westminster because, in the midst of a global pandemic and climate emergency, I believe that the time for change is now. This is not the time to be playing politics,” he said. “This is the time for us to come together and work for a stronger and better future for our children and the generations yet to come.”

Sy will be holding an online campaign launch event on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. Attendees can get details at the Elect Cyrus Sy page on Faceook or join via Zoom (Meeting ID –  853 1815 0531 and Passcode –  273845).

The Victoria Hill resident’s community contributions include serving as a volunteer and board president for the Parent Support Services Society of B.C., a board member for Kolumbia Inn Daycare Society, Purpose Society and on the executive of the District Parent Advisory Council for New Westminster. He also served on the City of New Westminster’s intelligent city advisory committee and the environment advisory committee. 

“I am so excited that Cyrus decided to step forward as the BC Greens MLA candidate for New Westminster,” said Jonina Campbell, executive director of the BC Green Party. “Cyrus understands the challenges faced by families, parents and youth during these uncertain times. Cyrus is determined to make New Westminster a better place for generations to come. I am thrilled to welcome him to the BC Green team.”

Campbell was the BC Greens candidate in New Westminster in the 2017 provincial election, placing second in the polls behind incumbent NDP candidate Judy Darcy.

Sy will also be serving as the Greens’ education critic during the 2020 provincial election campaign. The election is Saturday, Oct. 24.

“I am thrilled to welcome Cyrus as our BC Green candidate for New Westminster and education critic for our party during this election,” BC Greens leader Sonia Furstenau said in a news release. “Cyrus has a passion for supporting families, parents and children and he shares my understanding that a strong public education system is the foundation of thriving communities.”

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